STEELERS’ coach Ryan Finnerty has criticised a section of Cardiff Devils fans who booed and jeered winger Tylor Michel when he was injured in a game in Wales, last weekend.
Michel was extremely popular player at Cardiff for two years before he left for IF Björklöven in Sweden.
When he returned to the UK, it was to Sheffield - which has clearly upset some of Cardiff fans, who rejoiced in his injury after a hit from defenceman Josh Batch.
Michel appeared to suffer a concussion and although he pronounced himself fit to face Braehead on Sunday, he was withdrawn from duty in the middle period.
Referring to the fans’ reaction in Wales, Finnerty said: “He is a former player and a guy who played pretty hard for them and yet he got booed off. I didn’t hear it at the time but I did when I watched the tape back. The fans have their own feelings but I’m sure it’s only a small minority. Most people have a bit more respect than that when a player goes down with an injury, especially a head injury.
“It’s never good and I wouldn’t like to see it on our crowd. You definitely don’t like to see it when it is one of your guys down. It could be concussion. Tylor is the kind of guy who wants to battle through everything, but we took him out on Sunday for precautionary reasons. He will be better and ready to go next week.”
Other injuries are causing concern in the camp. Jason Hewitt has a “pretty serious” groin issue and was another player who would have benefitted from a rest last weekend. Mark Thomas has a rib injury, but will be back for Saturday’s trip to Fife Flyers.